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Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 14:46 EAT
NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement has mapped the Nairobi 17 constituencies and 85 wards to identify where the party will field candidates for the August 8 general elections. The party will give its ideas to its coalition partners in the coming weeks after all shall have identified their candidates for the various positions for horse-trading.
This means that despite the NASA four principals Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford-K) and Mr Musyoka not resolving the joint nomination matter, there is an understanding on sponsoring candidates in zones perceived popular among affiliate parties.
Mr Musyoka, the Wiper leader yesterday chaired a meeting attended by all Wiper Nairobi aspirants at Wiper House, the party's headquarterss and said there are areas the party is popular and therefore will sponsor candidates under NASA. “We have devised a formula within NASA not to allow candidates compete over seats in Nairobi which caused us lose seats during the 2013 general election”, he told journalists after the meeting.
The aspirants were led by Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke who is expected to defend his seat as Governor Dr Evans Kidero’s running mate.
According to inside sources, WDM-K party has mapped out its strongholds in Nairobi where it is seeking support from ODM, ANC and Ford-Kenya to capture the seats. However, most of elective seats in such zones are held by their ODM counterparts, and how the matter will be squared is yet to be seen.
The perceived Wiper strongholds are in the four Embakasi constituencies - Embakasi South held by Ishrad Sumra of ODM and Embakasi East held by John Omondi. The Wiper party is also eyeing Embakasi West and Embakasi Central held by George Theuri and John Ndiragu of Jubilee respectively.
Other constituencies the Wiper party wants to take are Makadara, Lang'ata and Mathare. The party wants to field Joshua Kitivi and nominated senator Judith Sinjeny for the Makadara and Lang'ata parliamentary seats respectively. Ngei ward representative Dan Mutiso is likely to be fronted for Mathare parliamentary seat held by Stephen Kariuki who has ditched ODM for Jubilee.
Lang'ata seat is held by ODM's Joash Olum while Kitivi will be facing off Benson Mutura, who was elected on dissolved TNA party, for the Makadara seat. Wiper's Fred Musau, Roy Kivusyu and Musili Mawathe will be contesting Embakasi East, Embakasi West and Embakasi South parliamentary seats respectively.
Wiper also aims at retaining the Mukuru kwa Njenga and Laini Saba MCA seats held by Alexander Mutisya and David Kitavi respectively and get 22 others.
If Wiper and ODM agree on power sharing within Nairobi constituencies and wards, then ODM would seek Wiper's support to retain the Dagoretti North, Westlands, Kibra and Ruaraka held by Simba Arati, Tim Wanyonyi, Ken Okoth and TJ Kajwang' respectively.